Course Schedule - Spring Semester 2021

     

HUMA 126 901 (CRN: 23834)

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DEATH?

Long Title: WHAT IS THE MEANING OF DEATH? A BIG QUESTIONS COURSE
Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Hakkenberg Van Gaasb, Vida Y.
Meeting: 9:40AM - 11:00AM TR FULLY ONLINE (25-JAN-2021 - 30-APR-2021) 
Session: Full Term
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Lecture
Language of Instruction: Taught in English
Distribution Group: Distribution Group I
Method of Instruction: Online
Credit Hours: 3
Course Syllabus:
Course Materials: Rice Campus Store
 
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Section Max Enrollment: 100
Section Enrolled: 72
Enrollment data as of: 28-JUL-2021 2:20PM
 
Additional Fees: None
 
Final Exam: Take-Home Exam
Final Exam Time:
12-MAY-2021  
9:00AM - 12:00PM W TBA TBA
 
Description: This course will ask students to learn and reflect on theoretical positions on death from historical and contemporary philosophers, but will also place a heavy emphasis on developing a student’s own attitude toward death as not just a topic for theoretical and abstract discussion, but a phenomenon that they must inevitably encounter in their own lives. Thus, the philosophical material will be supplemented with poetry, film, literature, and personal essays from non-philosophers: material that will enrich their own thoughts as they try to determine the respect in which they agree or disagree with the philosophical perspectives on offer. One goal is to have the students recognize the extent to which philosophical reflection, and engaging with the humanities, can influence and deepen their perception and understanding of their lives.